Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library


Washington, D.C.


Civil Engineering

Project Size

440,000 SF

Completion Date


Total Cost

$211 Million


Martinez + Johnson Architecture

Wiles Mensch Corporation – DC (WM) provided surveying and civil engineering services for the major modernization of the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library located in downtown Washington, DC. The project serves to provide extensive design modifications to all four stories of the building plus the addition of one story. The modernized facility features a new entryway, sculptured monumental staircase, a large auditorium and conference center, creative spaces for fabrication, music production and art creation, a ground level café with patio, a double-height reading room, and a roof top terrace.

WM provided survey services including a topographic and utility survey and survey to mark (STM). A WMATA datum survey was provided, to identify any of WMATA’s adjacent facilities through alignment of the WMATA As-Built records with the topographic and utility survey provided by WM. WM’s specific scope of services included site design, stormwater management, utility design and site grading. This project was unique in nature as it involved the redesign of a historic building, requiring approvals from the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), the US Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC).

Photos courtesy of: OTJ Architects

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